Welcome to the 18th year of the 3rd millennium and the 18th year of the 21st century.
So I closed 2017 with the release of two albums, The Great Crater and Fibolae. Reviews have been coming in very positively for both of the releases too. Fibolae is an extremely personal release and I had an opportunity to explain the context in more details over at Drowned in Sound in a feature.
“Like a dark-twisted score for a movie that hasn’t been written yet…Somewhere based between Mogwai, Blanck Mass, Jon Hopkins and dark-twisted Hollywood Blockbuster scores, Scanner found its own musical microcosm that totally deserves your visit.”
“Listening to The Great Crater is like being exposed to the sounds of an alien world. The tonal shifts and brooding unease broken up with more fragile, airy compositions. The end result is less listening to a body of work and more being immersed into a physical experience.” electricity-club.co.uk
December also saw the launch of something really special – a soundtrack for an essay at The Economist magazine. I was commissioned to create a new work to accompany this essay exploring The West Wind, “All the world in four lines and a breath of air.” Take a moment to slow down for a moment and enjoy it here.
Instead of shopping for Christmas I’ve been super busy in the studio preparing projects for 2018. Uppermost is GRIMM with Dutch National Ballet and ISH. Most of you will be familiar with the general tales but here you will meet two boys who find themselves in a fantasy world, where they meet Red Riding Hood and the wolf, the seven dwarves, Rapunzel, Snow White, the witch, Cinderella and other fairytale characters in succession. They get mixed up in exciting adventures, in which all sorts of elements from well-known fairytales are jumbled up in a lively parade of fairytale characters. As in all fairytales, a big role is played by love and jealousy, friendship, tyranny, intrigues and the battle between good and evil.
Writing the score has been such a joy and here’s a little clip of the early development of the production. It opens in Amsterdam in April and then tours The Netherlands for around forty shows, and hopefully further afield too. It’s wonderful to work with the same team as Narnia, with Ernst Meisner, Marco Gerris, Aitor Biedman, René van der Leest and Mike den Ottolander.
December also saw the publication of some recent writings of mine, over at In Wild Air. Almost as much as making music I enjoy writing and it was an opportunity to choose subjects that have a special appeal for me, including collecting books, the American composer David Tudor, visiting Captiva Island for the Rauschenberg Residency, the pleasure of writing with a fountain pen, keeping a diary since I was 12 years old and the newly discovered pleasure of firewood. I’d encourage you to subscribe as their writers seem to consistently offer up stimulating ideas too. Read mine here.
Everyone loves a competition and here’s something very special for anyone keen to explore their creative chops. In collaboration with Blend I’ve set up a unique opportunity for one lucky winner to join me for a special limited edition 7” single. I’ve chosen a track from Fibolae entitled Footpaths. The piece was inspired by the atmospheres on Brian Eno’s Another Green World album (1975), conjuring up a drifting Amazonian sonic forest, warm and inviting.
Next year I play a very special live show in London at this amazing arts venue, Iklectik, and there will be a 7” vinyl available, limited to just 5 individually numbered copies. They will be given away via random draw and will only be available at this event. The lucky winner will share in this very unique event by featuring their version on one side of this vinyl alongside a new work of mine, and they will also receive a copy of this one of a kind production. The one lucky winner will also win Equator by ROLI. So please enter here as I can’t wait to hear the results!
Although my sound installation at Little Moreton Hall closed last year, it continues to live on in other ways. I just scored a little film that accompanied workshops I made with Wild Rumpus, where children illustrated their dreams, and you can still download the complete soundtrack with photos of the work for free here.
2018 looks set to be another exciting year too – with live shows in London, Paris, Boston and Athens in the first half of the year, three weeks in New Zealand to explore the landscape, and the premiere of an ambitious new work with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the South Bank Centre London inspired by the work of British composer David Bedford.
And stay tuned for a major retuning of my website as the very capable Day For Night creative studio in the USA has been working on a major reshuffling of my site to ensure a far more engaging and user friendly approach. It’s the first major reshaping of the site in many years now! Huge gratitude to Eric Scott for his commitment and enthusiasm here.
So wishing you a positive start to the year and can’t wait to share all my new work with you.
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FOUR WORDS: TECHNOLOGY
FOUR WORDS: TECHNOLOGY brings together professionals and visual art students from Leeds Beckett University to think about our broader relationship with technology in only four words, each animated over thirty seconds to an exclusive soundtrack composed by Scanner.
Open Space 2017: Re-envisioning the Future
A group show, featuring Between the Bullet and the Hole, a film by artist Aura Satz that I designed all the sound for, which examines the role of women in ballistic research, early computing and pattern perception in warfare.